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With the U.S. Assemblies of God Centennial celebration two weeks away, being held August 5-10, in Springfield, Missouri, registration for the event continues to build. Yet, even though it's the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrating, the overseas AG members are coming in significant numbers to join in the celebration as well as participate in the World AG Congress, being held concurrently.

According to Sheila Mixer, AG Convention Services Group registration coordinator, for those who have pre-registered, so far more than 43 percent are coming from overseas, representing 118 countries!

Mixer expects that by the time the Centennial events begin, there could be as many as 2,000 or more overseas AG representatives attending the events, which include the Centennial celebration, Global Church Planting Summit, and the World AG Congress.

"It's exciting to see such enthusiastic support from Assemblies of God churches overseas," says U.S. AG General Superintendent George O. Wood. "This gathering will truly be a global, once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Wood says there will be nothing like attending the event in person — worshipping God and experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit while standing side-by-side with AG brothers and sisters from around the world - and he encourages all AG members to make every effort to attend. However, for those who are unable to attend, all of the Centennial services will be live-streamed from the event website.

The AG Centennial is being commemorated through a new book that identifies 100 significant moments in AG history. Titled "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," the book is a collection of 100 stories that demonstrate God working in and through the people who make up the Assemblies of God. Included in the book are key missions stories — missions that have resulted in more than 64 million AG overseas adherents, and whose representatives are now coming to help the U.S. Assemblies of God celebrate its centennial.

For more information about the AG Centennial events, including registration information, resources, event schedule and more, see 100.ag.org. To preorder the AG Centennial book, "Moments That Inspire Us to Greater Things," click here.

 


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Upcoming national Japanese Conference offers "restoration"

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 - 4:04 PM CST

Ito Hiroshi
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Pastor Ito Hiroshi knows a little something about restoration. Two years ago, a massive tsunami struck Japan - Hiroshi was there and witnessed the unimaginable destruction first hand. He's also been there the last two years, helping to restore the country physically - through his work with Convoy of Hope - and rebuild a nation spiritually - through prayer and the gospel message.

The second annual Japanese Conference, coming to Springfield, Missouri, March 12-14, 2013, will have the theme of "restoration" and feature Pastor Hiroshi as a keynote speaker. In addition to sharing graphic images of the intense destruction the tsunami left behind in Japan, Hiroshi will also offer evidence of how God is working through the devastation to reveal Himself to a formerly resistant culture.

"Pastor Hiroshi will also speak on how God can restore our own personal life, no matter what the damage," says Yoriko Yabuki, who with her husband, Daisuke, are appointed Japanese Assemblies of God missionaries and are lead hosts of the conference. "His personal testimony of how God healed his difficult health condition as he helped those suffering around him is very inspirational."

Hosted at Central Assembly of God, where the Yabukis serve as international pastors, the conference will also serve as an opportunity for pastors to hear about what it would take to form a Japanese Fellowship akin to the existing 21 language/ethnic fellowships. Assemblies of God Ethnic Relations Director Scott Temple will host an informational meeting on the topic.

Other speakers for the conference include: Dr. James Bradford, AG general secretary; Byron Klaus, president of AG Theological Seminary; Dale Crall, pastor of Calvary Campus Church in Carbondale, Illinois; Jeff Peterson, pastor of the host church, Central Assembly of God; Steve Smith, missionary to the Japanese in Michigan; the Yabukis; and Sandi Bradford, wife of Dr. James Bradford, who will lead a women-only session.

"This event is targeted to the Japanese pastor who has U.S. credentials, the U.S. pastor who leads a Japanese ministry and those who have a God-given desire to reach Japanese and their Americans families for Christ," Daisuke Yabuki says.  "We also welcome non-Christian Japanese people and we will have breakout sessions just for them to help them understand the gospel

Although the conference is officially geographically known as the "Midwest" Japanese Conference, the conference is intended to be national in scope. Registration cost for adults prior to March 1 is $80 and includes three onsite meals. Children ages 6-12 are offered an activity program for $40. Nursery care is available for children 5 and under for $25. Lodging is available at the Central Bible College dormitories at a rate of $15 per person per night. The registration cost will increase to $100 beginning March 1.

For more information about the conference, including deadlines, lodging, schedules and registration forms, see the event website.

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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